The City of Gosnells has launched an expanded Grants Program for 2023/24 to better support local individuals, not-for-profit community organisations and local businesses.

The changes include two new funding categories, for community organisations to run festivals and events and for local small businesses to improve their shopfronts. It also includes increased funding for Community Grants and Competition Sponsorships.

Mayor Terresa Lynes said the expanded program was great news for the community and encouraged any eligible individuals or organisations to apply.

“The Grants Program is a positive and practical way for the City to help build a more vibrant and supportive local community, create strong connections among our residents and assist local people to achieve their goals,” she said.

“New Festivals and Events Grants will encourage more events for the community to enjoy. We know how popular our City-run community events are among residents, so we know there is an appetite for more.

“The new Small Business Shopfront Improvement Grants will provide a welcome boost to small businesses, helping to make our business precincts look fresher and more welcoming.

“Meanwhile, increased funding available to individuals and community groups through Community Grants will help to cushion the blow of rising costs and ensure these groups and individuals can still achieve their goals.”

The new Festivals and Events Grants category will provide up to $20,000 for incorporated not-for-profit groups to deliver medium- to large-scale festivals, events or series of events in the City.

Eligible events will be open to the community at no cost, attract significant attendance and contribute to a proud and harmonious community, and the City will contribute half the total project cost.

The new category for Small Business Shopfront Improvement Grants will help small business owners to upgrade the appearance of their premises to be more vibrant and attractive, with the City contributing up to half the total project cost, up to $5,000.

The City will also increase its Level 1 Community Grants from $2,000 to up to $2,500, for small-scale local initiatives by eligible not-for-profit community organisations with applications accepted year-round.

Maximum funding for Level 2 Community Grants will increase from $8,000 to $10,000 with the City funding half of the total project cost for community projects run by eligible non-profit organisations that provide longer-term benefits to the community.

Competition Sponsorships to support individuals travelling to compete in a sport or other activity will double this financial year, to $300 for State-level competition, $400 for National events outside Western Australia and $500 for international competitions.

Education Scholarships will continue to provide $500 for one student at each high school and $100 for one student at each primary school in the City of Gosnells, as well as $250 Leisure World and/or Don Russell Performing Arts Centre vouchers for school-initiated rewards and awards for students.

The City’s School Chaplaincy Sponsorship will continue to provide funding to YouthCARE for distribution to local schools to support the social and emotional wellbeing of students.

Click here for details and to apply.